Things to do in Montana

Our most recommended things to do in Montana

West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

1. West Glacier: Glacier National Park Scenic Raft Trip

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled river rafting trip on the Flathead River. Soak in the picturesque surroundings while you splash your way through the Glacier National Park accompanied by a guide. Start your trip with a 5-minute bus ride down to the West Glacier. From there, you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. Arrive at the path where the middle and north forks of the Flathead River converge to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. You may get the chance to see eagles, osprey, deer, and maybe even an elusive bear or moose. Your guide will take the raft out of the water near the Blankenship Bridge. Get immersed in the spectacular beauty of the area during the scenic rafting tour.  Finally, take a 15-minute bus ride back to your base where you can take pictures.

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

2. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

3. Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

Discover your adventurous side and go on a whitewater rafting trip as you enjoy views of Glacier National Park. Check-in at the Village of West Glacier half an hour prior to trip departure.   Get a healthy dose of fresh mountain air and enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. Swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world and go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip that combines calm floating with class II-III whitewater rapids.  Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious riverside barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, or veggie burger. Munch on fresh sides, salads, and dessert to go along with your meal.  End your trip at the bridge in West Glacier and go for a short walk back to the original meeting point. Make your memories last forever with an opportunity to purchase trip photos and souvenirs.

Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

4. Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks on an African safari-style program that takes you on wildlife tours during the optimum hours for wildlife sighting, and takes you to see the major natural highlights of the parks. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Start by meeting your guide at the Parkway Inn or Lexington Hotel, depending on tour dates, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and head out on a 4-hour Grand Teton dusk adventure. Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Your wildlife adventure will begin early to maximize wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Sightings on this day may include grizzly and black bears, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn, and moose. This will also be a day filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery in Grand Teton and Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.  Lodge accommodation: Cody, Wyoming (near East Yellowstone Entrance). Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Scenic Upper Loop Adventure You’ll depart early to view wildlife on the way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone. En route you’ll visit the beautiful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and possibly see grizzly, black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and much more! Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the American Serengeti and Old Faithful The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins, including visits to Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The tour ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

5. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: • Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)• Midway Geyser Basin• Firehole Lake Loop• Fountain Paint Pots• Firehole River Canyon• Gibbon Falls • Artist Paint Pots• Norris Geyser Basin• Roaring Mountain• Gardiner's Hole• The Golden Gate• The Hoodoos• Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace• Gardiner River• The Boiling River• Roosevelt Arch• Undine Falls• Blacktail Plateau• Petrified Tree• Roosevelt area• Lamar Valley• Tower Falls• Dunraven Pass• Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)• Hayden Valley• Sulphur Cauldron• Mud Volcano Area• Fishing Bridge• Lake Yellowstone

Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

6. Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Begin your whitewater rafting trip by meeting in West Glacier. Enjoy a 20-minute bus ride, then spend the next 5 to 6 hours floating down the Middle Fork of the Flathead. The first half of the day is on a calmer section of the river with beautiful views into Glacier National Park. Your friendly river guide will share lots of good information on the flora and the fauna as you go.  Midway through the journey, stop along the riverbank to enjoy a barbeque lunch of steak, chicken, or veggie burger cooked to order. Enjoy fresh salads and sides to go with your lunch.  After, get ready to tackle the whitewater of John Stevens Canyon. During the whitewater stretch, class II-III rapids such as Tunnel, Bone Crusher, and Jaws will quench your thirst for adventure and leave you full of memories that will last a lifetime.

Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton & Yellowstone Winter Tour

7. Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton & Yellowstone Winter Tour

• Day 1: Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge Meet your friendly guide and group and head off for an afternoon wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in a heated Suburban or other 10-passenger vehicle. On the tour, you'll have your best chance of seeing moose in the park, along with wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and bison. Settle in for the night at your accommodation in Jackson, Wyoming.  • Day 2: National Elk Refuge sleigh ride and West Yellowstone, Montana Depart in the early morning from your Jackson lodging for a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge, filled with over 5,000 elk. After the ride, the tour will continue through Grand Teton National Park to West Yellowstone. Cross over the Continental Divide and enjoy some free time to shop in the historic town of West Yellowstone upon arrival. Spend the night at an accommodation in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 3: Snowcoach tour into Yellowstone National Park Depart in the morning for a wintery visit to Yellowstone. Hop on the specialized winter vehicle that will take you to see the famous Old Faithful. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and elk, and admire the beautiful scenery as you proceed toward the Madison River. Stops include Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful, where you can see geysers erupt and explore the area on foot. After lunch, head back to West Yellowstone, stopping for photos along the way. Spend the night in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 4: West Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Leave West Yellowstone in the morning and set off on a trip to the geological site where the Hebgen Lake Earthquake of 1959 occurred. Sit back, relax, and marvel at the beautiful winter scenery and deep snow on your way back through Island Park and on to Jackson Hole, where the tour will end.

Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Half Day Guided Hike

8. Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Half Day Guided Hike

Enjoy a half-day hiking tour which is perfect for families and individuals who want to see as much of the Yellowstone ecosystem as possible in a limited amount of time.  Travel in a climate-controlled, all-terrain vehicle from your accommodation in Gardiner. Meet your guide at your hotel in Gardiner and hop aboard a comfortable vehicle. Relax on the drive to the start of your hiking adventure. Discover pristine rivers, streams, and lakes. Go out in search of geysers, mud pots and hot springs. Keep an eye out for abundant wildlife, vast meadow systems, and towering mountain peaks. In the winter, hike in areas that are accessible, such as Yellowstone's Northern Range, where you will spot a lot of wildlife and see the beautiful winter scenery. Walk with a guide that is focused on keeping you safe from wildlife while also giving you an opportunity to see their beauty. Move at a comfortable pace and hike anywhere between 5,500 feet and 10,000 feet in elevation.

Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

9. Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

10. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

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What people are saying about Montana

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 673 reviews

We had an amazing time with our guide George! He shared so much information with us about the history and geology of the park. We saw so many amazing things. Also, we saw so much wildlife! He put us on grizzlies, moose, river otters, elk, etc. he brought a ton of optics to help us get a great view from a safe distance. George went above and beyond all expectations we had. He also is a great photographer and got amazing shots of us with the different falls and features of Yellowstone!I highly recommend this tour!

Everything was great! Not too much walking, not too much riding. Opportunity to roam around the Old Faithful area and visit the gift shop. Lunch was very relaxing in a quiet remote area.

Loved every minute of it !! Felt we saw everything possible in both National Parks !! Also The Cody Museum was a huge plus !!

Wonderful experience. Should have booked more tours. They know how to take care of their guests.

Wonderful tour! Very knowledgeable guide of the wildlife and Yellowstone Park. Highly recommend.